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Tweed Heads
New South Wales
Tweed Heads Twin Towns.jpg
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From top: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads Marina
Tweed Heads is located in New South Wales
Tweed Heads
Tweed Heads
Location in New South Wales
Population 8,176 (2016 census)
Established 1844
Postcode(s) 2485
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) Tweed Shire
County Rous
Parish Terranora
State electorate(s) Tweed
Federal Division(s) Richmond
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.8 °C
78 °F
14.4 °C
58 °F
1,581.5 mm
62.3 in

Tweed Heads is a town in New South Wales. It is located on the Tweed River in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia, in Tweed Shire, next to the border with Queensland and adjacent to its "twin town" of Coolangatta, which is a suburb of the Gold Coast. It is often referred to as a town where people can change time zones – even celebrate New Year twice within an hour – simply by crossing the street, due to its proximity to the Queensland border, and the fact that New South Wales observes daylight saving whereas Queensland does not.


In 1823 John Oxley was the first European to see the Tweed Valley, and he wrote of it: "A deep rich valley clothed with magnificent trees, the beautiful uniformity of which was only interrupted by the turns and windings of the river, which here and there appeared like small lakes. The background was Mt. Warning. The view was altogether beautiful beyond description. The scenery here exceeded anything I have previously seen in Australia."

Timber cutters originally moved to the Tweed Valley in 1844. After the timber had been cleared, farmers moved in with bananas, cane and dairy farming dominating the area, while a fishing industry developed. The first school opened in 1871.

StateLibQld 1 298511 Tweed Heads Railway Station, ca. 1911
Tweed Heads station

Tweed Heads was once connected to the Queensland Railways system, with the South Coast line providing a direct connection to Brisbane. The railway opened on 10 August 1903 It had been hoped that the New South Wales government would extend their railway line from Murwillumbah to Tweed Heads, but this did not occur due to cost of resuming the land and the expenses associated with the tunnel and bridge that would be required. The Tweed Heads railway station was located on the western side of Enid Street between Bay Street and Frances Street (28°10′19″S 153°32′27″E / 28.17193°S 153.54073°E / -28.17193; 153.54073 (Tweed Heads railway station)). The railway line to Brisbane closed in 1961; the site of the station has been converted to parklands and commercial development.

The Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club opened on 13 September 1911.

The Tweed Shire, inclusive Murwillumbah was declared in 1947.


Given its closeness to the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads has a shared economy with Coolangatta based heavily on tourism.

Tweed Heads' most popular tourist destinations include Mount Warning, one of the largest shield volcanoes in the Southern Hemisphere, and the nearby Nightcap, Border Ranges, Springbrook and Lamington National Parks, which abound with sub-tropical fauna and flora.


In the 2016 census, Tweed Heads recorded a population of 8,176 people made up of 52.2 percent female and 47.8 percent male. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.4% of the population. The median age of the population was 56 years, 18 years above the Australian median. This has made the Tweed Heads region a prime location for retirement living, with 14 separate retirement villages. 69.6% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 5.8% and New Zealand 3.6%. 83.8% of people spoke only English at home.

The most common responses for religion were No Religion 26.3%, Catholic 24.1% and Anglican 20.4%.

Composition of the Tweed Heads urban area Population by Statistical Local Area:

  •      Tweed Heads
  •      Tweed Heads South
  •      Kingscliff - Fingal Head
  •      Pottsville

Retirement Living

Below are a list of retirement villages and retirement living facilities in the Tweed Region:

  • Serene Living
  • Tall Trees Care Communities Banora Point
  • Palm Lake Resort
  • Aveo Banora Point
  • Tweed Broadwater Village
  • Southern Cross Car St Joseph's Villa
  • Fairways
  • Winders Retirement Community
  • St Cuthbert's Retirement Living Complexes
  • Darlington Retirement Community
  • Southern Cross Care St Martha
  • Ocean View Banora Point
  • Bangalor Retreat
  • Gateway Lifestyle Tweed Shores

Sport and recreation

Due to its close proximity, Tweed Heads sports teams often compete in Gold Coast/Queensland-based competitions, and the area acts as a feeder zone for both the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League and the Gold Coast Suns in the Australian Football League. Tweed United is a soccer Club based in the area that competes in the Football Gold Coast competition plus the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians who compete in the Gold Coast and District Rugby Union. Other sports facilities in the area include Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Tweed Heads Rowing Club, Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club, Tweed Valley Sailing Club and Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club.

Rugby league

Tweed Heads was once home to several iterations of professional rugby league clubs in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition between 1988 and 1995. The Gold Coast-Tweed Giants were established in 1988 and based out of the Tweed Heads Seagulls premises in west Tweed Heads. The Seagulls ran a very successful social club that turned large profits due to poker machines and by 1990 the club had acquired the Giants' NSWRL licence and rebranded the team to become the Gold Coast Seagulls, despite remaining based in Tweed Heads. The team pulled off its biggest coup in 1990 when it signed future Rugby League Immortal Wally Lewis. After years of poor on field results and low attendances, the Seagulls sold their NSWRL licence to businessman Jeff Muller who moved the team to Carrara on the Gold Coast.

The Seagulls returned to the Group 18 Rugby League competition in 1996 and were granted entry into the Queensland Cup in 2003. Australian rules football was brought to the area in 1962 when the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Australian Football Club. It was intended to represent the twin towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads and competed in the Gold Coast Australian Football League competition. In 1984 the Northern Rivers region established the Summerland Australian Football League that later included the Tweed Coast Football Club. The league was amalgamated into Queensland Australian Football League as its own division in 2012.

Notable people

Tweed Heads Chris Cunningham war memorial 1
War memorial in Chris Cunningham Park

The following is a list of notable people who were born, resided, or died in Tweed Heads:

  • Wayne Bartholomew, world champion surfer
  • Cheyse Blair, rugby league footballer
  • Trevor Butler, 2004 Big Brother Australia winner
  • Larry Corowa, rugby league footballer
  • Brad Davis, rugby league footballer
  • Steve Edmed, rugby league footballer
  • Mick Fanning, world champion surfer
  • Sam Gilbert, Australian rules footballer
  • Stephanie Gilmore, world champion surfer
  • Michael Gordon, rugby league footballer
  • David Hale, Australian rules footballer
  • Samantha Harris, fashion model
  • Daniel Holdsworth, rugby league footballer
  • Ryan James, rugby league footballer
  • Jesse Joyce, Australian rules footballer
  • Kayne Lawton, rugby league footballer
  • Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, rugby league footballer
  • Marc Lock, Australian rules footballer
  • Lionel Morgan, rugby league footballer
  • Barry Muir, rugby league footballer
  • Luke O'Dwyer, rugby league footballer
  • Mark Occhilupo, world champion surfer
  • Joel Parkinson, world champion surfer
  • Cedric Popkin, soldier who may have killed Manfred von Richthofen during World War I
  • Tony Rampling, rugby league footballer
  • Kieran Ricketts, journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker
  • James Roberts, Australian Olympic swimmer
  • Matt Seers, rugby league footballer
  • Elwyn Walters, rugby league footballer
  • Jarrad Wright, creator and star of The Big Lez Show

See also

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